16 Holiday Problems Only Early Twentysomethings Understand

WTF am I going to give my Secret Santa?

1. For some people, giving a gift is an act of kindness.

For you, it's a selfless act of sacrifice. You know you're about to go into debt to get everyone presents. You know you can survive on 50 peso meals for the next week, you're just hoping your card doesn't get declined before you check everyone off your list.

2. You didn't want to ask for "help paying your bills" as a gift, but you've got your fingers crossed for cash from everyone. 

Sure, you'd appreciate a new purse or a video game, but that's not going to pay your bills. You just want money so you can live comfortably. Which basically means your family is paying you for the crappy gifts you're giving them (and you make a profit).

3. Traveling home is probably going to be a nightmare. 

Holiday traveling is so bad (and expensive) that you'd rather get the flu and have to cancel all your plans.

4. …If you can even afford to travel home. 

If you're not within driving distance, you might not have the funds to ship yourself back home. 

5. Having to see your old "friends" when you get home. 

You know you're going to run into those casual acquaintances that you were more than happy to stop talking to the second you moved out of your parents' house. Maybe it's better holing up at your parents' house watching a marathon of terrible holiday movies.

6. You practice your speech so you're prepared every time a relative asks what you're doing with your life. 

"I'm great, Tita! Yes, wala parin boyfriend. Hehe." and "I know, Tito. I'm mataba na."

7. Watching your little cousins lose their shit over presents makes you realize how boring the holidays are now. 

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You used to love the holidays. It's not that you don't anymore, you just need a lot of alcohol to do it. You remember loving it, you just can't remember why.

8. Nursing your holiday hangovers

The only thing worse than nursing a hangover from a holiday party is nursing one when you're supposed to be having fun with your family. 

9. Not getting time off work because you're pretty much at the bottom of your office hierarchy. 

You're working an entry-level job, or you're in retail or food service, and the holidays are your busiest time of year. While all the higher-ups get cushy vacation packages, you're stuck working on Christmas eve. 

10. Not knowing what to get the person you're kind of seeing, maybe. 

You're still in that "let's not put a label on things" phase and you don't even know if they're expecting a gift. It'll be a nightmare if you get them something and they don't (or the other way around). What if you get them a silly gag gift, but they get you something serious? This could make or break your relationship-that-totally-isn't-a-relationship.

11. Figuring out how to split the three days you have off between your family and friends.

You know the holidays should be a time for family, but it's not often you get all your good friends back in one place. No matter what you do, you wind up ditching someone every night and feeling terrible about it. 

12. Getting the one officemate you don't like/don't really know for Secret Santa. 

What is he into, other than always eating KFC every day? The only time you ever talked to him was when you were in the elevator together that one time. You know what? Don't get him anything. It's just asking for trouble.

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13. Representing all Millennials at the adults' table. 

Now that you're out of high school, you have to sit with all the other adults and explain to your Tita Girlie in painstaking detail what "selfying" is (and also that "selfying" is not the term for it).

14. Getting through day five with your parents. 

At first, it was great to see them and decorate the tree and feel like you're home. But by day five, they're screaming at you that you came home too late last night and it feels like you live at home all over again.

15. Trying your best not to eat everything. 

BUT IT'S JUST. SO. HARD. Good and free food? YOU GUYS. 

16. Knowing you've got to do this all over again next year. 

You're not planning on kids any time soon, so you don't have any reasonable excuse to ditch everyone for the holidays.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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